Thursday, 5 May 2016

Look of the Day: The Holy Grail

Hi, everyone! It feels like it's been absolutely ages since my last Look of the Day, so I'm pretty jazzed to be sharing one today! I acquired some lovely products at IMATS NYC last month and it's been a complete pleasure putting them to good use. The star of this show is the Violet Voss Holy Grail Pro Eye Shadow Palette (which I reviewed in my last post, here) with a very strong supporting role from Besame's Classic Colour Lipstick in Carmine


If you've seen the Holy Grail palette, you'll know it's rife with rich, warm shades of red, orange, bronze, gold, and berry. For today's look, I used several of these stunners to create eye makeup that is fiery, yet wearable. I started by applying Toffee and Cool Beans all over the lid for a warm, shimmery, mid-tone wash of colour. I then mixed a few of the berry-reddish shades- On Fleek, Glamping, and Cranberry Splash- and applied them to the crease as well as to the outer corners of the lids and lower lash lines. For some extra definition I applied Teddy Bear, a deeper matte plummy brown, in the crease and outer corners and then blended things out above the crease with Bestie, a lighter near-neutral matte brown. Finally, for some highlights, I popped a mix of Ploof and Crystal on the brow bones and inner corners of the eyes.

For added drama, I swept Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Rouge Noir along my upper lash lines- it really is the perfect plummy black! And, after swiping on some mascara, I actually used false lashes!! I scored some ultra cheaply at Dollarama lately, so thought I'd play around a bit. First time I've worn them in a couple years! This time around, I sported Ardell Lashes #136. They were a perfect balance of drama and believability. 

I didn't want my eyes to be the only pop of warm colour, so I swept a light dusting of MAC Matte Blush in Frankly Scarlet (yes, a wearable red blush!) and reached for perhaps the most perfect orange red out there, Besame Classic Colour Lipstick in Carmine. 



The Breakdown:

Foundation: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation No10 mixed with By Terry Light Expert Click Brush Illuminating Flawless Foundation Brush in Rosy Light
Concealer: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Light

Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder #011

Bronzer: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 02 Fair Matte
Contour: NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
Blush: MAC Matte Blush in Frankly Scarlet
Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl and Champagne Pop

Brows: ecobrow Defining Wax in Sharon and Marilyn

Primer: 
Blinc Eye Shadow Primer in Light Tone
Eye Shadow: (all from the Violet Voss Holy Grail Pro Eye Shadow Palette): Toffee and Cool Beans (mixed on the lids and along lower lash line), On Fleek, Glamping, and Cranberry Splash (blended and applied to the crease and outer corners of lower lash line), Teddy Bear (for extra definition in the crease and outer corners), Bestie (as a transition colour above the crease), Ploof and Crystal (mixed and used as a highlight on the brow bones and inner corners of the eye)

Eyeliner: Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Rouge Noir
Mascara: BeneFit They're Real

Lipstick: Besame Classic Colour Lipstick in Carmine


And a few more shots of the look:





The Holy Grail palette is so ultra versatile, letting you create anything from ruby red editorial eyes to softer, neutral workday shadow, but I think the look I'm featuring today demonstrates the palette in perfect balance. It helps you paint sunset eyes effortlessly! 

I'm happy that the Holy Grail was featured in my first Look of the Day in months, as I've truly been using this palette on a nearly-daily basis since I bought it. And again, let's not ignore the beauty of Besame Carmine- if there was ever an ideal 1930s matte orange red, this is it! I will be wearing it all Spring and Summer long!

How do you like wearing shades of warm red? What are your favourite warm-toned eye shadow palettes? Orange red lipsticks?

Thanks for dropping by! xo

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22 comments:

  1. I love warm sunset toned looks like these! The red blush is so perfect; with these kinds of eye looks you need that balance otherwise things can get scary looking lol

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    1. Thanks! I totally agree- you definitely have to make sure the complexion has some life when you're playing with red shadows :)

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  2. Absolutely wonderful!

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  3. your eyeshadow looks amazing. i love it.


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  5. Love this look on you! You are so pretty! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Aww, you are too sweet ;) Thank you! xo

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  6. That is such a beautiful look on you, Jennifer! That lipstick, ugh, too pretty!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thanks so much, Shireen! Besame Carmine lipstick is all kinds of perfect :)

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  7. I know I always say the same but I just love it and can't get enough of your gorgeous looks, especially these colours!!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much! You could totally rock these shades too :)

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  8. This is a beautiful look - love all the variations of warm reds! Also love those natural lashes, I've got to go see if I can find any at Dollarama!

    Rebecca | morerebe.com

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    1. Yeah, definitely worth a Dollarama trip! Thanks so much :)

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  9. So gorge! I love your expert use of blusher <3

    Joana Keys x
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    1. Aww, thanks so much! Playing with red blush is so much fun- just have to use a light hand :)

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  10. You look amazing with warm tones, as always x

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    1. Thanks so much, Coco! I think you'd love this palette :)

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  11. The eyeshadow is just stunning - WOW! This palette has just become available in the UK and I'm tempted...xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Oh good- you so need to snag it! It's so beautiful and versatile :) Thanks, Jasmine!

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